Wall art can be a simple way of transforming a room, creating a mood, and turning the ordinary into something extraordinary. Whether you use original artwork, prints, commissioned art, or anything in between – you can create a home that you’re not only proud of, but one that is as unique as you. The world of art can be daunting, and it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to decorating your home. In this article, we look at some of the things you might want to consider, as well as providing you with some great wall art ideas to get you started.
There’s a lot to think about when it comes to your décor. Not only do you need to look at what is already in your home, but you’ll also need to consider your colour schemes and how any potential wall art would fit in. It’s also important to think about what the space is used for. For example, you may not want intense or dramatic abstracts in your bedroom, or you might prefer to use large wall art in your living room.
Open plan living is in vogue right now, but this style of living can make it difficult to differentiate one living area from another. Internal décor and furnishings go some way to help with this issue, however, you can use wall art to create distinct spaces that have different purposes. This can easily be achieved by keeping similar styles of wall art together.
Smaller spaces can become claustrophobic if encumbered by large, domineering artwork. While larger spaces might seem cavernous if littered with galleries of miniatures. That being said, there is also an argument for breaking the size rule in order to create a statement space. We’ll look at how you can create an impact using wall art later on.
More than composition, colour palette, genre, or any other aspect of your chosen wall art – you must love it. After all, you’ll be looking at every day. Make sure you don’t just pick art that goes with the colour of your walls, or the cushions on your sofa (although this can be important!). Wall art should be so much more than that. It should say something about you as a person. Rather than staring at empty, featureless spaces on your walls - get inspired and bring your home to life with our ideas for wall art that will create beautiful spaces.
Your home can tell a story – any story, really.
If you want to keep things personal, you can consider creating a story profile using a series of portraits and commissioned pieces in a style or by an artist you love. You can create a gallery like this to showcase your life, family, pets, personal interests and pursuits. As long as the wall art stays within a related theme, the subject can be anything you like!
If you want to showcase your family life, you might consider a single or series of commissioned portraits as your wall art. Family portraits can be an incredibly personal way of decorating your home, with commissioned portraits of your loved ones that they are completely unique to you.
People love their pets, and pet portraits can be a wonderful way to display that affection in your home. Commissioining a pet portrait is easy. Our advice here is to first find an artist you like and then let them guide you through the process. Pet portraits are some of the most popular commissioned portraits and to see some examples you can have a look at this gallery with Dog Portraits. Portraits of dogs are some of the most wanted pet portraits, but it can be done for any animal so it's best to open a chat with your artist and ask about the portrait you have in mind.
Portraits are only one way to go, however. Create an outdoorsy narrative by hanging a range of wall art including landscapes that evoke a sense of nature and freedom. Use paintings, drawings, sketches, prints, and even photographs. The options are endless when it comes to drawing on your own life, to create a story gallery of meaningful events or places.
Alternatively, be inspired by the function of a particular room. Tell the story of what happens in that space. For example, your kitchen is the most obvious space for hanging wall art that reflects the room’s purpose. Go for exquisite still life images of fruit, bottle of wine, or anything that reminds you of good eating and enjoying yourself.
One of the greatest things about building your own narrative or gallery is the freedom it gives you to adorn your walls with lots of beautiful artwork. There is a danger of this looking messy if you don’t think through where and how to place each individual piece though.
In order to avoid potential “messiness”, try designing how your chosen artwork will fit together on the floor. Doing this will allow you to stand back and see how your design will look as a single large piece of wall art. It also means you can swap and move around each piece as many times as you need to before committing to hanging anything on the wall.
Wall art doesn’t have to be about telling a story. Sometimes it can be about making a statement. Creating something bold, daring, and beautiful. Sometimes artwork can be purely about making an impact.
It goes without saying that using a single statement piece can completely transform a space, especially if it’s centrally placed in order to draw the eye on entering the room. When considering using super-sized wall art, less can be more, and you don’t always have to go for something detailed or excessively colourful. Sometimes, beautiful tonal paintings with a minimalistic feel can make an impact because the sheer size does all the talking.
Large wall art can be wonderfully decadent, but it can also be incredibly intimate. A large painting that hints at dashes of colour, or tiny detail, can be so enticing that you have to take a closer look. In this instance, you wall art becomes a powerfully immersive experience that will wow your visitors.
Big spaces and white walls automatically lend themselves to using big pieces of wall art to insert a pop of colour, and you can go as dramatic as you feel comfortable with. However, you can use colour to create an impact with even small wall art. More often than not, this is achieved by using contrast. For example, you can use a series of monochrome pieces and then add a single piece of wall art that is full of vibrant and bright colours. Or, you can look for artwork that uses contrast in a single piece.
When looking to make an impact, either by using size or colour – your background can be incredibly important. Clean white walls are used in museums and professional galleries for a reason, however, there’s no reason why you can’t mix things up if it enhances the effect of your artwork.
Imagine lofty ceilings, huge windows, bare brick walls and a slightly industrial feel. The look is about minimalistic wall art, using the unmistakable power of words to create a mood or thought, and a kind of roughness that is also beautiful. We might not all live in New York style lofts with ridiculously high ceilings, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t tap into this style. More often than not, this means looking for wall art that emphasises words – or typography.
The great thing about using this style of artwork is that it generally goes with everything, especially if you stick with muted and softer colour palettes. Original artwork can look amazing, but prints look great too and can be a cheaper option. While you might be tempted to keep this style of wall art to your living spaces (it looks great in the living room, hallway, and kitchen), if you do keep the colour scheme neutral and look for meaningful text, it can work just as well in a bedroom.
When it comes to using wall art that uses typography, it can get a bit much. You might want to consider using a larger piece and a few smaller pieces on a single feature wall, rather than covering every wall with a different piece. Alternatively, stick with a single piece and carry on the typographic theme in your soft furnishings.
To create a contemporary and modern feel in your home, you might want to consider selecting wall art that is clean and simple. This means going for artwork that uses geometric shapes, few colours, and limited detail. Large wall art showcases this style really well and can provide an uncomplicated look that is aesthetically pleasing. It’s about being unencumbered, unfettered, and unchallenged. For that reason, this works best in a living room, hallway, bathroom, or personal study or office.
The best thing about using modern, minimalistic wall art is that there is an abundance of it, which means you’re highly likely to find something that goes with your existing furniture and the colour scheme of your home.
You might be tempted to think that this minimalistic look is devoid of all personality, and you’d be right. In some respects, that’s the point of this type of wall art, as the focus is solely on having something that is simply beautiful and easy to look at. To make this style more appealing, look out for pieces that incorporate quirky intricate details that keep things more interesting.
There are a number of places in our homes that lend themselves to being calm and peaceful spaces. The most obvious being your bedroom. However, you might find that you want to create a soothing and tranquil space in your bathroom, office or study, or even your children’s bedrooms. To achieve this, you’ll need to think carefully about the subject matter of any wall art, as well as the colours used.
Colour, in particular, is vitally important when you’re trying to create a gentle and soft space. Forget bold and bright colours - although small splashes of colour can create a gorgeous contrast. Instead, opt for monochromatic, natural and earthy, muted, or pastel tones in order to create a sense of serenity when selecting your wall art.
You might get away with a dramatic scene in your wall art if it’s done in muted or gentle tones, but then again, you might not. A frenetic street scene with lots going on can be distracting, as can a swirling mass of chaotic-looking colours. What’s actually in the artwork on your walls can be just as important for setting the mood as the colour scheme.
If you’re after something relaxing and soothing, you might want to think about going for tonal abstract wall art, gentle landscapes in watercolour, delicate flowers in pastel shades, or beautifully staged still life pieces.
A very popular way to add colour to any room is by using still life paintings with natural colours. Flowers as a subject for example, work universally, and lend themselves to a wide range of styles. From delicate, almost photographic floral wall art, to subtle abstracts, paintings of flowers can be an easy way to add a touch of calm to a space.
Colouring outside the lines can be scary, but having the confidence to get creative with your wall art choices can pay dividends when it comes to creating a unique home that oozes personality.
Experimenting with wall art might sound complicated, but there’s one simple rule to follow: forget all the rules.
Everything we’ve said up to this point about matching colour schemes and styles, thinking about size in relation to the space, and using wall art to define spaces or zones aren’t really rules so much as guidelines. And there’s no reason why you can opt to bend or completely break any or all of them! If you’re feeling adventurous, you can opt to go beyond traditional painting on canvas, and look for quirky wall art that using a range of textiles or incorporates unusual materials.
It’s a genuine question as your choice in framing can dramatically alter the atmosphere and impact of your wall art. In some instances, it might be better to let the painting speak for itself, in other cases, adding the right kind of frame can enhance the overall aesthetic. Aside from this, you can take your framing to the next level by directly using it to create a distinctive look in your wall art.
Frames can come in a wide variety of depths and colours. If you want a framed look, but don’t want it to interfere with your wall art, use thin frames that are barely there. Try to find a frame in a colour that complements and doesn’t distract from the artwork.
This style of frame becomes more of a statement piece in itself. It can be tricky getting the right balance between using a bold and beautiful frame, and overpowering your wall art. In some instances, this might actually be the effect you’re after. In fact, you could forgo the artwork altogether and use empty frames to create quirky wall art.
Nothing says confidence more than daring to use different types of frames in a single space. The effect can be mesmerising, as your attention jumps and wanders from each of wall art. Try not to overcomplicate the visual by throwing too many different types of frames in the mix (unless this is a look you want). You can achieve this by sticking to an overall theme in terms of colour.
Wall art gives you an amazing opportunity to stamp your own personality and taste on your home. While paint colour schemes, furniture selection, and other interior décor choices help create an overall sense of style; it’s your choice in wall art that make your house your home.
If you want to transform your home into a beautiful space, carefully selecting the right wall art can help you achieve this. First of all, you need to consider your space. Think about the furnishings and existing décor in each room of your home, and make sure that your wall art reflects this. Alternatively, you can redesign your décor to suit your wall art! Either way, it works best if things go together in terms of style and colour palette.
Speaking of style, you need to think about the style you want to go for. Do you like minimalist artwork with sleek lines and bold shapes, or do you prefer paintings that are more personal in nature? You can try to figure out what you like or what you want before you go wall art shopping, or you can go with the flow and see what grabs you.
Think about how you want to feel in any given space and go for wall art that projects or invites the mood you want. While there are a few ground rules; sometimes the rules are meant to be broken. Don’t be afraid to go your own way.
Creating a beautiful home is an artform in itself, and knowing how to use wall art to transform your home into a stunning space can seem fraught with a myriad of decisions and an overabundance of choice. But if you take your time and think about your home, your personal style, and remember to go for artwork that you love – you can’t really go wrong.